Optometric Vision Therapy
Vision therapy is similar to physical therapy. It integrates visual acuity (20/20) and binocular function plus detailed brain function activities that collectively control thousands of components of our entire body's coordinated actions. Your visual system is your steering system. Vision therapy helps to enhance the ability of the visual system to more precisely orchestrate the entire body's activities.
When a visual problem is identified, optometric vision therapy and therapeutic lenses are utilized to address the specific needs of the patient. Vision therapy is a sequence of therapy procedures that are individually prescribed and monitored by Dr. Taddese to develop efficient visual skills and visual processing.
The use of lenses, prisms, filters, occluders, specialized instruments and computer programs is an integral part of optometric vision therapy. Typically, vision therapy is administered as a combination of in-office visits combined with home reinforcement activities. The frequency and duration of the in-office sessions is determined during the developmental vision evaluation and reviewed at the follow up consultation.
The in-office therapy is designed to make the patient aware of his or her visual deficiencies under controlled conditions. Then, by a feedback process, the patient is taught strategies to improve visual performance. Vision therapy sessions are typically conducted one-on-one with a vision therapist. Home reinforcement activities are directed at practicing the newly learned visual skills until the initial conscious effort becomes automatic.
THE FIRST STEP: DEVELOPMENTAL VISION EVALUATION
The evaluation is very thorough and takes about 1 ½ - 2 hours. It is called a Developmental Vision Evaluation because it is in-depth testing to determine how well the two eyes work together, as well as how they move when reading, riding a bike, etc.
The first step is to make sure the eyes are healthy and free of disease. Once that is done, it is important to determine if glasses are needed. Glasses only ensure that one can see the visual image clearly. They do not influence how we move our eyes or how visual information is actually processed and understood.
Many people don't realize that our eyes are part of the brain. As a result when visual information is taken in by our eyes, it is sent throughout the brain so we can interpret and understand what we are looking at.
SECOND STEP: CONSULTATION
Once all of the testing has been completed, a separate appointment is scheduled with Dr. Taddese where she will speak with the child's parents or the adult patient to get a better understanding of how the vision problem is impacting the individual's life. The doctor then combines this information with the results of the testing to design a unique treatment plan to ensure visual success.
Who Benefits From Vision Therapy?
Anyone with visual challenges such as:
A near vision problem that interferes with the ability to read or do close work. When convergence is insufficient, the eyes do not come together closely enough when looking at a near object, which can cause symptoms such as double vision and headaches.
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LEARNING- RELATED VISION PROBLEMS:
Vision Therapy can help those who lack the necessary visual skills for effective reading, writing, and learning. Some of these visual skills include focusing, eye movements, perceptual skills, visual memory, etc.
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POOR BINOCULAR VISION:
Vision therapy helps those whose eyes do not work together as a team. Their eyes do not aim simultaneously at the same visual target, causing poor performance in reading, sports, depth perception, etc.
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AMBLYOPIA (LAZY EYE), DIPLOPIA (DOUBLE VISION), AND STRABISMUS (CROSS-EYED, EYE TURNS, ETC.):
Vision Therapy programs and scientific research have proven that vision therapy is much more effective for curing eye turns, lazy eyes, etc compared to surgery or glasses. It is never too late to be helped!
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STRESS- RELATED VISION PROBLEMS:
Environmental stress on the visual system from doing constant near work such as reading, texting, and computer use can result in headaches, motion sickness, headaches, eyestrain, and more.
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VISUAL REHABILITATION FOR SPECIAL NEEDS:
Certain neurological disorders or trauma to the nervous system such as: traumatic brain injury, stroke, birth injury, brain damage, head injury, whiplash, cerebral palsy, MS, and so on can affect the vision system.
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OTHER SPECIAL NEEDS:
Other special needs that can affect the visual system include: developmental delays, visual perceptual visual-motor deficits, attention deficit disorders, and autism spectrum disorders.
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SPORTS VISION IMPROVEMENT:
Certain visual skills are crucial to successful sports performance. These visual skills include: eye-hand coordination, reaction time, peripheral vision, eye focusing, tracking, and teaming, visualization skills, depth perception, and more.
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